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Being injured in a car accident is a traumatic experience, and when your injuries were caused by the negligent actions of someone else, the healing process can feel harder than ever. If you’re ready to seek justice for your suffering, contact a car accident attorney in Oklahoma today.

Car accidents can lead to life-altering injuries, such as broken bones, spinal damage, traumatic brain injuries and more. Depending on the severity of your injury, you can be out of work for months on end, not only feeling physically exhausted but emotionally distraught as well. As your medical expenses begin to pile up, you may begin to feel like you’ll never be able to return to a normal life again.

You deserve to be compensated for the suffering you’ve been put through, and with the help of an Oklahoma car accident lawyer from Talley, Turner, Stice & Bertman, holding the negligent parties accountable for their actions can be easier than you may think. Our attorneys are experienced in personal injury law and can support you as you fight for the settlement that’s rightfully yours.

We know it can be difficult to pick up the pieces of your life after a catastrophic accident, but you don’t deserve to carry the financial stress of your losses on top of everything else you’re going through. We’ll help you file a claim in Oklahoma so that you can start recovering with greater peace of mind.

The Most Common Causes Of Auto Accidents

There are numerous kinds of car accidents that can occur and lead to devastating injuries. Knowing what type of car accident you were in will be key when filing your claim because it can lead to determining liability for the crash as well as diagnosing your injuries.

Some of the most common types of car accidents include:

  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Side-impact collisions
  • Lane-changing accidents
  • Multivehicle pileups

Each of these auto accidents can cause significant blows to the body that lead to life-changing and sometimes fatal injuries. A car accident lawyer in Oklahoma will do a deep investigation of your wreck by examining photographic evidence, video footage, witness testimonies, police reports and medical records to determine what caused your accident and who was liable for the damage.

Injuries That Can Occur From Your Car Crash

Injuries from car wrecks can range from minor to severe, including, in the worst possible cases, death. The most common injuries involve broken bones, spinal damage, burn injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need therapy, medications or in-home care for the rest of your life.

Even if you aren’t fully incapacitated from your injuries, common symptoms that arise can include chronic headaches, loss of brain function, amnesia, dizziness and changes in sensory function. All of these side effects can be physically debilitating and take a deep emotional toll.

Your personal injury attorney will work closely with your doctor to examine your injuries and all of the side effects and treatments associated with your suffering. Every expense you’ve incurred, both financially and emotionally, will be noted and included in your overall claim value.

Determining Liability In An Auto Wreck

When trying to determine liability for who caused your car accident, your car crash lawyer in Oklahoma will dive deep into the evidence that’s been gathered. Not only will they consider other drivers in the accident, but they’ll make sure to pinpoint all parties that could be held liable, including government entities, private companies, product manufacturers and car repair shops, if applicable.

While the accident may have been caused by a head-on collision, a side-impact collision or some other kind of wreck, figuring out the ultimate cause of the crash will be essential in determining liability. For example, if there was a pothole in the road which caused the wreck, then the government may be at fault; however, if the driver who hit you was distracted while driving, then the driver could be held fully responsible.

Recover Full Compensation For Your Damages

Once liability is determined and your attorney has taken the time to speak with your doctor about your injuries in detail, the calculation of your overall claim value can begin. Not only will your car accident lawyer include your initial medical expenses in your claim, but they’ll also incorporate any future medical expenses you may accumulate.

Compensatory damages, including both economic and noneconomic damages, will also be added into your claim value. These include any possible property damages and lost wages, as well as ways in which the injury has affected your lifestyle, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium, and scarring and disfigurement.

What Are The Most Dangerous Roads And Intersections In Oklahoma City?

The intersections and roads in Oklahoma City are famed for their high accident rates. Some of the most dangerous include:

  • I-240 and I-35 interchange: Sees a high volume of traffic
  • Northwest Expressway and Wilshire Boulevard: Known for heavy traffic and complex navigation
  • I-40 and I-44 interchange: Another major interchange with heavy congestion
  • Southwest 44th Street and South Western Avenue: Experiences high traffic and poor visibility
  • Memorial Road and Penn Avenue: Has high traffic volume and complex turns

These intersections and roads require extra caution when driving, as they contribute to numerous accidents, some of which are fatal.

Does Oklahoma Have A Cap On The Financial Compensation I Can Receive After An Accident?

There are caps on certain types of damages you can receive after an Oklahoma accident:

  • Noneconomic damages: Oklahoma imposes a cap of $350,000 on noneconomic damages (pain and suffering, emotional distress) in personal injury cases.
  • Punitive damages: For instance, if the defendant acted recklessly, the cap is either the actual damages awarded or $100,000, the greater amount for the win. If the defendant acted maliciously and intentionally, the cap can be twice the amount of actual damages awarded or as high as $500,000.

Economic damages (medical expenses, lost wages) have no caps to allow the full recovery of these costs. These caps intend to balance fair compensation with preventing excessive awards.

What Should I Do If The Other Driver Is Uninsured Or Underinsured?

If you are in an accident with an underinsured or uninsured driver, take the following steps:

  • Notify the police immediately and file an accident report
  • If possible, get the contact and insurance details of the other driver
  • Document the accident scene, sustained injuries and vehicle damage
  • Inform your insurer about the accident. If you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, it can help cover your damages
  • Consult with an attorney to know your rights and potential compensation options

These above-mentioned steps can help protect your interests and ensure you receive appropriate support.

What if I was partially liable for my car accident?

Thankfully, even if you were partially liable for causing your car accident, you can still file a claim for compensation. This is because Oklahoma has a modified comparative negligence law in place which states that even if you’re partially liable for a wreck, you can file a claim; however, the percentage for which you’re found liable will be taken out of your overall settlement amount.

Will it cost me money to file a car accident lawsuit in Oklahoma?

There can be fees associated with filing a car accident lawsuit, including the cost to investigate your accident, the cost to hire witnesses, or the cost to run reports. These costs, however, will be beneficial to winning your case. Talley, Turner, Stice & Bertman works most personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning we won’t charge you any fees until we win your case. Then, the fees will be taken out of your settlement.

Should I speak with my insurance company about my accident?

You always have the right to speak with your insurance company about your accident and see what they have to say; however, it’s important to remain aware of the fact that your insurance probably won’t be willing to offer you the settlement amount you deserve. Patience is the most important thing to have when filing a settlement because you can be rewarded in the end with a much greater offer.

Contact An Oklahoma Car Accident Attorney

Filing a car accident lawsuit can seem like a complicated process, but with the help of an experienced attorney from Talley, Turner, Stice & Bertman, you can feel supported throughout the legal process. Dealing with your injuries can be physically and emotionally challenging, and you shouldn’t have to deal with money troubles on top of recovery. We want to eliminate your financial stress from the equation.

Your personal injury attorney can negotiate on your behalf while you focus on a full recovery. We’ll make sure to put all of your questions and concerns to rest as we work to prove negligence and maximize your settlement.

If you’re ready to discuss your case in greater detail with an Oklahoma car accident lawyer, you can contact us today for a consultation by calling 405-467-2858 or by filling out the contact form.